Professional Development

Professional Development Intro


Be a resource for your students and take advantage of City Center’s wide array of professional development workshops—all designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers, teaching artists, and college/graduate students.

Workshop opportunities are offered to educators during the school year. During each workshop, an acclaimed performing artist leads a master class to help you create innovative and exciting lesson plans and develop practical and artistic tools for use in your classroom.

Professional development workshops are offered to educators that participate in our school-time matinees and K-12 programs during the school year (Sep – May).

Meet the Artist: Scenic Designer, David Zinn

Thu Feb 1, 2024 | 4pm – 5pm
Free for All
Virtual Event, Zoom


Join us for a peek behind the curtain on New York City Center's upcoming Once Upon a Mattress with Scenic Designer David Zinn. In conversation with Encores! Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos, the pair will explore a scenic designer's creative process and share examples from the production design journey. Following the conversation, David will take questions from attendees.

A Healing-Centered Approach to Jelly’s Last Jam

Mon Feb 5 | 5pm – 7pm
Free for Partner School Educators | $10 for Artists & Educators
Studio 5


Join artist-facilitators Ann James (Sensitivity Specialist on Jelly’s Last Jam) and Josh Campbell (City Center Teaching Artist) in a workshop for educators interested in teaching from a trauma-informed perspective. Through examining lessons around Jelly’s Last Jam, participants will be guided through community building practices and exercises to learn about a healing-centered approach to presenting complex and difficult subject matter — from the rehearsal room to the classroom.

Lessons from Nontraditional Flamenco Dance for the Stage

Tue Feb 27 | 5pm – 7pm
Free for Partner School Educators | $10 for Artists & Educators
Studio 4


Flamenco dancer, teacher, and choreographer Xianix Barrera will explore ways Flamenco has evolved from its traditional roots to more modern approaches for the stage. This workshop will look closely at Olga Pericet’s upcoming Flamenco Festival performance, La Leona, which is a witty and avant-garde deconstruction and celebration of traditional flamenco music and choreography. Discover ways that educators and artists can bring different ways of using dance in the classroom.

The Swing of Things: Understanding the Role of a Musical Theater Swing

Fri Apr 26 | 10am – 4pm
$20 Full Day (10am – 4pm)
$10 Half Day (10am – 1pm OR 1:30pm – 4pm)
Lunch provided for Full Day Registrants
Studio 4


The job of swinging a musical theater production, or covering the ensemble, is essential to the run of a show. “The Swing of Things,” a two-part workshop, will pull back the curtain on this job and provide an overview of the essential tools and varying approaches to the showstopping and show-saving roles of a swing.

The morning session of the workshop will focus on the basics. Looking back at past City Center Encores! productions, participants will learn about charting and tracking and hear from a panel of swings from the current season. The afternoon session will get participants on their feet as if they were “swinging in." Participants will learn song and staging for two Encores! production numbers and gain practical experience in charting and tracking.


Behind the Curtain Guides

Whether you’re a teacher looking to enrich and integrate your students’ curriculum with the performing arts or a parent trying to fill an hour of the day creatively, explore our online collection of dance and musical theater Behind the Curtain guides and video clips.

Filled with a variety of activities, our Behind the Curtain guides include historical, thematic, and contextual background for each production, creative and artistic insights, career spotlights, glossaries and resources for further exploration.

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